What Is Your '60s Classic Car IQ?


By: Gavin Thagard

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

They were smaller, faster and cooler than their predecessors; '60s cars dominated the roads for decades, and they're still some of the most collected cars ever manufactured. Do you know everything there is to know about these antique gems, though? Would you say you have an extremely high '60s classic car IQ? Here's a quiz where you can find out!

Even today, classic cars from the '60s can still be seen on the road, often turning heads because of their unique beauty and distinct sounds. After all, these cars came from an era where new buyers were entering the market while old buyers were looking for new cars with features never before seen. That's exactly what classic cars from the '60s provided. These cars were both innovative and fun, and everyone wanted to get their hands on one, which hasn't changed too much even as these cars have aged.

Do you know what made everyone want one of these cars? Do you know the new features that made cars from the '60s more luxurious or faster or new laws that made them safer? Take this quiz and find out!

That's if you're up for the challenge. If you are, though, get started and put that '60s classic car IQ to the test!

Which was NOT a major American car manufacturer in the '60s?

Volkswagen was founded in Germany in 1937. In German, the name means "people's car."


Where were most American cars made in the '60s?

Detroit is called "Motor City" for a reason. After World War II, the city was a booming manufacturing center for cars, though that wouldn't last.


What type of cars became popular in the early '60s among American manufacturers?

American manufacturers had to compete with foreign cars, which were flooding the market in the late '50s. These cars were smaller and more conveniently​ priced.


Which compact car did Ford put out?

The Ford Falcon lasted long enough to go through three generations. The third generation was made from 1966 until 1970.


Which compact car came from General Motors?

The Corvair ran from 1960 until 1969. The car came at a fair price, but problems with the handling resulted in legal trouble for the company.


What came on personal cars starting in the '60s?

Alternators are used to recharge batteries while a car is running. Before they entered the public market in the '60s, alternators were already being used on police cars and taxi cabs.


What faded out from cars in the 1960s?

In the '50s, tailfins were all the rage. Manufacturers tried to make them larger and larger until their appeal declined.


Which company designed the first V8 engine with aluminum cylinders?

General Motors used this V8 engine for a few years. It was later picked up and redesigned by Rover, a British manufacturer.


Which car had the first super-turbine transmission?

Buick is a brand produced by General Motors. It is the oldest automobile brand still produced in America.


Which car had the first automatic heating and cooling system with adjustable knobs?

Cadillac is the second oldest car brand in America. Like Buick, it is also produced by General Motors.


Chrysler introduced what kind of warranty in the '60s for its cars?

Chrysler was the first to offer a warranty with 50,000 miles. Most warranties ended around 24,000 miles.


What year was the seven-position tilt steering wheel introduced?

Features on cars were becoming much more popular in the '60s. Year to year, customers were excited to see what manufacturers could come up with.


Which company introduced the seven-position tilt steering wheel?

Chevrolet was the only passenger car from General Motors to not receive the tilt steering wheel in 1963. Instead, the steering wheel was included in 1964 models.


Which car first had the swing-away steering wheel?

The swing-away steering wheel was introduced on the Thunderbird in 1961. It was supposed to make getting in and out of the car much easier.


Ford introduced which steering wheel in 1967?

This steering wheel included both a vertical adjuster and an automatic tilting feature. However, it could only be moved if the car was in park.


Seat belts were required in cars starting when?

Seat belts were a result of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. The goal of the Act was to reduce the high death toll on motorways.


What else was required on cars starting in 1966?

Another big reason for increased safety on the roadways was because of the increase in drivers. Not only were more women buying cars, but young people now had access to vehicles they could afford.


Which car re-introduced front wheel drive in the '60s?

The Toronado was produced from 1966 until 1992. The car won the European Car of the Year award in 1966.


When were tape players introduced in cars?

The first tape players were 8-track players. They were first released by Ford in connection with Motorola.


Which manufacturer introduced the dual-action tailgate on its station wagons first?

Dual-action tailgates are designed to fold down and out to the side. This was a revolutionary design for the time and popular among customers.


In 1966, manufacturers had to start notifying buyers of what?

This was another important safety measure implemented to improve driving on the road. No longer could manufacturers brush over problems with their cars.


Which car was introduced in 1967?

The Javelin was produced by American Motor Company. It lasted for two generations, being redesigned in 1971.


Headrests were required starting what year?

Headrests are meant to reduce the effects of whiplash. Luckily, by 1969, many cars were already including them.


Which car started the muscle car trend?

The Pontiac GTO received the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 1968. The award is given annually to the best new or redesigned car.


When did the first Shelby Mustang come out?

The Shelby Mustang was originally built by Shelby American, a company out of California. It served as a high-performance​ alternative to the Ford Mustang.


Muscle cars were also called what?

A popular muscle car used for racing was the 1969 Dodge Daytona. It was the first car in NASCAR to reach 200 mph.


Muscle cars were large engines inserted into what kind of car?

Originally, muscle cars were designed to be cheap, so a larger consumer base could purchase them. However, as the power increased, the cars got more expensive. Released in 1968, the Plymouth Road Runner was designed to counter this high price movement in the market.


What's one reason for the decline of the muscle car?

Muscle cars fell out in the 1970s. However, they rose back to prominence in the 1980s thanks to innovations that allowed them to be both safer and more energy efficient​.


Many muscle cars were used for what?

The 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 was designed for racing specifically. Under the hood, it had a 375-hp V-8 engine that could reach 6000 rpm.


Muscle cars attracted what kind of buyers?

As the price of cars dropped, young car buyers were becoming much more common. Naturally, they were attracted to cars that were fast and powerful.


How many gears were in the Oldsmobile 4-4-2?

This muscle car was made from 1964 until 1980. It included a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.


When was the Shelby Cobra GT500 KR released?

KR stood for "King of the Road." With 440 foot-pounds of torque, this Shelby Cobra was just that.


In 1969, the Chevrolet Chevy II nameplate was changed to what?

The Chevy II was a five-generation car first produced in 1962. The Nova version of the Chevy II was the most popular before the nameplate was changed.


In 1962, the Rambler Classic Super was dropped for which model?

The Rambler Classic replaced older Rambler models in 1961. The car was in production until 1966.


In 1962, the Buick Special started coming with which type of engine?

The 3800 engine used in the Buick Special was a style of V6 engine. It's one of the reasons the Special earned the Motor Trend's Car of the Year Award in 1962.


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